Treating Your Concussion With Physiotherapy
Anyone can experience a head injury during a fall, sports or car accident, or any other activity. If you’ve had a similar mishap resulting in a concussion, you need not worry. It’s nothing life-threatening, although some concussion symptoms might be more significant and may require extra care.
Today we will get more in-depth knowledge about the concussion, its causes, and short and long-term effects on the body. We will also share some risk-free and effective concussion treatment options to help you go through the issue.
Concussion and Some Common Causes
A concussion is the most common and, thankfully, the mildest form of traumatic brain injury. It’s when a blow or a jolt to the head causes the brain to move back and forth inside the brain cavity.
The brain is a fragile organ, and such trauma can lead to a stretch and tear of neurons. Neurons are responsible for communication throughout our bodies, and damage to them can interfere with various brain functions.
We may also experience chemical and metabolic changes that make cell communication and function more strenuous, leading to diverse concussion symptoms.
According to statistics, the most common causes of concussion are falls, sports injuries, and motor vehicle accidents, with teenagers at most risk.
Short-term concussion symptoms usually resolve on their own in 7 to 10 days. However, in some cases, they can persist for up to six weeks. Of course, this depends on the type of injury and the affected brain areas.
Some symptoms show up immediately, but others may develop over the following hours, days, or weeks.
Physical concussion symptoms and signs include headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, fatigue, and sometimes a temporary loss of consciousness. Vertigo, tinnitus, slurred speech, sensitivity to light, irritability, sleep issues, and difficulty concentrating are common as well.
Some people may also experience memory loss, mood swings, anxiety, and depression. Children may exhibit excessive crying, listlessness, and changes in eating and sleeping patterns.
As you can probably tell by now, the signs and symptoms of concussion are diverse because the trauma can affect various parts of the brain.
In a small portion of the patients, concussion symptoms can persist for a lot longer than a few days or weeks. This state is also known as post-concussion syndrome. During this period, you can experience all of the short-term side effects, but usually, headaches, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue are the most prominent.
Furthermore, doctors advise that people who’ve suffered from a concussion shouldn’t return to sports right away after recovering from it and should take extra care not to get a second head injury. If that happens, they can suffer from second impact syndrome that may pose severe complications.
How Physiotherapy Can Help You Avoid These
Although the effects of a concussion do resolve on their own most of the time, why suffer when you can avoid them altogether?
There are various methods of physiotherapy that can resolve present and prevent future issues based on your symptoms and injury characteristics.
A physiotherapist evaluates and addresses problems that may be hindering your recovery process. These include visual disturbances and cervical spine, vestibular, and exertion issues.
Book Your Appointment Today
Whether you’re experiencing a range of concussion symptoms or would like to know how physiotherapy can benefit you in other ways, our team at Evergreen Rehab & Wellness has got you covered! We are certified specialists with immense experience in concussion treatment that will create an individualized approach tailored towards your specific symptoms and injury.
Schedule an appointment with us today. Talk to us on 604.449.5859 (Coquitlam) and 604.498.5859 (Surrey) or book an appointment online.